26 January 2006

THE WITNESS



This chap was completely green when I focussed, I was not getting a good view, took a step closer and he turned brown when I clicked, I think I took the transition. I wanted to take another picture and this chap refused to pose and just disappeared. Thought I could put him on the witness stand and watch his colours changing.

Took these pictures yesterday, very long trek, I was completely drenched in sweat, I did not feel tired while on the trek as it happens always when I am lost in nature, but I was feeling miserable for having booked my return ticket by the night train. This was not planned, I had a free day, thought I could see the surrounding places. I was worried about reaching the railway station on time, had to go 80 kilometers from this remote place, completely dependant on public transport. This is Thattakad, Kerala, a bird sanctuary and reserve forest. Now I am feeling tired, couldn't sleep in the train, too many kids jumping around and constant ringing of mobiles kept me awake. I was listening to music all night long.
More details and pictures in Blunt Knife
This is a different chap, different witness, too willing to pose. This is not a full frame, I didn't want to disturb him like I did to the other chap.

25 comments:

wildpic said...

amazing pics rauf, brilliant creatures. sounds like a great trip. what happened, u dint stop by ?

Lorraine said...

Interesting blog Rauf, nice photos :)...sounds, very warm!

Patty said...

Rauf, I really should have come to your site sooner. Fantastic photos & great writing. I have to answer your past questions from Jan. 11th.

"Does the life of an artist interfere with your appreciation of his or her art music or literature?"

YES! One example, an actor I liked in a few movies and who is very good looking, he totally repulses me now and even being so great looking, matters not at all, because I think he's scum, because of his personal life. I made the mistake of several times, reading about the personal lives of famous people that I admired and almost every time, I was disapointed. I learned long ago to not look them up. I watch their movies, listen to their music, but I don't read anything about them in magazines, internet, etc., unless I happen to come across someone's blog or someone tells me about, "So and so got divorced, a sex tape, blah blah blah." I don't want to know anymore, usually.

"Is knowing more about the person you admire most, a good idea?"

90-98% of the time, no. The person I admire most would have to be Jesus Christ and He is the only person I could never be ashamed of. If I was famous and people looked my past up, they might find things they are not proud to know. Everyone has a past. Everyone makes mistakes. No one is perfect. I believe in second, third, ... chances.

Very good questions-questions I've thought about so many times.

Have a great day!

Rauf said...

Suresh, my ticket was RAC 76 Thought I could take a bus to CBE but I was too tired after the day long trek, went to Alwaye Station found my ticket confirmed.

Rauf said...

Thank you Lorraine, I lack the writing skill, I just put it in plain words, my cat does the spelling and grammer check. I think I should let my cat post the blogs too, he'll do a better job.
Silly fellow refusing to drink milk.

Rauf said...

Welcome Patty
lots there, may not make much sense, I pour everything in one go.
Yes Knowing more about the person I admire has hurt me too. we just can't avoid. When we like some one its natural that we want to go a little further and know a bit more about them.
Patty, I like opposing views more than favourable ones, they kick up a debate in mind and open more windows. please feel free to correct me where ever you find I am wrong.

wildpic said...

next time then rauf. never been to thattakad, what sort of a forest type is it ? a lot of water body ? bird sanctuary for what type ? the trek sounds interesting, pls do write more for all of us.
thanks rauf !

Rauf said...

Suresh, the rest in Blunt knife
please check

wildpic said...

sorry rauf, i wrote the above post without checkin blunt knife, wow ... great place ! the forest looks fantastic, cool pics, i see a malabar grey hornbill (locally called as 'solai kakkai') can be really noisy, an important bird in seed dispersal. those butterfly's are neat. the Rs 300 place is just right, what a view !
this is a great trip for you am sure !

Lorraine said...

You're a fine writer Rauf, and interesting!

Rauf said...

I don't have the writing skill like you Lorraine, nor any command over the language. I write what comes to my mind. This is not writing at all, I just talk to my friends and readers

David Kleinert said...

You have some impressive photo here! - love the lizard images. Reptiles are by far my fav subject to photograph. Keep the great wildlife/landscape pics coming! cheers

Rauf said...

Thank you David,
No, I find it difficult, as my main interest is people,life on the streets, portraits mostly. I lack the patience which is very essential for wild life, I try to cover as many places as I can in a short period of time.
Thanks for stepping in.

David said...

fabulous pictures
at the Blog olympics we are just having fun
and making new friends all the stories are made up - fiction

Rauf said...

Never heard of it David, thank you for the information. Sounds like lot of fun.

Lorraine said...

are you concerned that people will think you're an intellectual Rauf? :) you're talented, like it or not!

Rauf said...

Less than a minute is all it takes for any one to know that I can never be an intellectual. I talk so much of rubbish Lorraine. I am dead scared of saints and intellectuals who have a vision to vaccuum clean this world.

Lorraine said...

But Rauf you can be good at and enjoy intellectual endeavours without being one. Luckily for us, there are superior forces (I'm not talking saints or intellectuals) at work, without whom we would have self-destructed by now.

Rauf said...

Lorraine, every one is good at something or the other, some are aware of it and take it up seriously others go in wrong direction. Some are born talented like you, some keep trying like me.

Lorraine said...

I am no more talented than you or anybody else. We each have different perspectives, personal experience to share and I'm amazed at all the various talent on blogger.com. Your modesty is refreshing though :)

Rauf said...

Sorry Lorraine, just came back from my friend's wedding, very affectionate she is, saw your comment just now. I'll post the bride's pictures tomorrow.

Yes Lorraine Its good to share our thoughts, experiments and results.

Anonymous said...

Hi uncle…this is sadikha from hyderabad…I have seen ur site…truly amazing pictures..…great writing…titles too r very apt … enjoyed a lot… I never knew that u r this computer savvy…u r very talented…next time v meet … me gonna take ur autograph…

Rauf said...

Sorry Sadikha i missed this comment. Thanks for your visit. If you have your own blog, you'll know that it is not complicated. what ever I do any monkey can do.
I do not know much about computers.

sadikha said...

lol..i know u r too humble to accept any complement..u have a great sense of humour...i had gone through all ur previous posts n enjoyed them thoroughly.they are refreshing ...i liked ur macro pics...i wish i too could travel like u do...u r enjoying ur life thoroughly..:).btw my mail id is saadikha@hotmail.com...

Rauf said...

Sadikha, I am going out today towards Andhra border, hope to come back this evening. I'll send you the pictures tomorrow, your going through my previous posts is scary. hope you are not offended.
Please post your comments on the current page, I may miss them if you post on older blogs.